When I was 28, I stopped working for ten years to be a full-time, stay at home mom. Then I worked part time until my youngest was a senior in high school and was always at home in the summers. Don't regret a minute of it. Loved my job, but any day with my children was better than a day at work. Was there a pay gap? I certainly hope so. Why should I have been paid the same as a woman who had worked all those years? Are my kids any better than those who went to day care or grandma's? There's no way to know. I didn't raise them. But I'm better for it.
Throw back Thursday, 1988, back on tenure track to Associate Professor after the kids were grown and gone.